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Fiancée opened packet and didn't bring it with her

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Don't worry, this has a happy ending.

When this happened, I was very scared we had to start over and found zero information on what to do or if this has happened to anyone before. Now that it's over with, I'm posting this for future reference to everyone.

Short Version:

Fiancée got the visa and packet in the mail, proceeded to open it and look at all the papers. She came to the US with only one of the papers inside the envelope and was detained at the airport. They paroled her and gave her 30 days to get her papers and present them to customs. We got the remaining papers resealed and mailed, they accepted them and her to the US on the k-1 visa. Everything is okay.

Long version:

Fiancée was excited to have the interview and get her visa mailed to her. I did not know she would get a packet to present to border control, and she never told me. On the envelope, it clearly states not to open it and to present it to border control (in English and the native language) but she said she completely missed it. Inside the envelope are all the papers you've submitted to them with official markings and notes, as well as the medical exam and any additional notes or information they want to include. She said the reason she opened it was because she didn't see the "visa" and didn't realize that it was placed inside her passport. When she arrived at the US, she was detained and they said they need to send her back right away. Somehow she was paroled and given 30 days to obtain the rest of her papers and present her case as a deferred inspection. They took the papers she was carrying (i think just the medical papers) as well as her passport. This was when I found out everything and thought all of it was over.

There were a flurry of emotions trying to get her family members to first find and later assemble the necessary papers to mail to us. She gave power of attorney to her mother to go to the embassy in her country and get the remaining papers resealed in the envelope (which they did no problem). It was sent to us in the mail. In the North East, we had several bad snowstorms this year, so customs was backed up for all packages coming from outside the US. We were convinced our package had been lost since it took four weeks to get to us. Two days before our deferred inspection deadline I called and explained the situation and they were extremely nice and understanding and gave me an extension for when we received the package.

We got the package, went to the interview, everyone was very nice and understanding and there were no issues at all. Her passport was then restamped and returned to her active from that date (so basically she got an extra 30 days). Everything is alright now, and we're excited!

If this happened to you, don't lose too much sleep over it like I did. There's still a chance! For everyone else, don't screw up :)

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*** Thread moved from K-1 Process forum to the K-1 Case Progress subforum. ***

06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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Sounds like someone was a little too excited & did not read. Glad it worked out though.

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Glad it worked out, this sounds like I would do this lol. Congratz !

Filed k1 - 08/20/2015

NOA1 - 08/25/2015

NOA2 - 9/17/2015

NVC Received - 10/14/2015

Send to Amsterdam - 10/16/2015

Amsterdam received - 10/19/2015

Packet 3 in the mail - 10/22/2015

Packet 4 in the mail - 11/3/2015

Medical - 11/23/2015

Interview !!!! - 12/3/2015 Approved !!!

POE - 12/15/2015 (finally)


Wedding 01/15/2016 !!



(unfortunatly we were not able to file any time sooner.)


Filed AOS - 03/15/2017

Noa 1 - 03/30/2017

Biometrics - 04/21/2017
RFE - 04/10/2017

Send RFE back - 06/18/2017

RFE Recieved (status changed) - 06/27/2017

EAD/AP Approved - 09/18/2017









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